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Monkey Puzzle Retreat

Belford, Northumberland
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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Parking on site / nearby
Towels included
Luxury
Fishing on site / nearby
Internet access
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Shop nearby
Pub nearby
Beach within easy reach
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At a glance

  • Experience the countryside from this peaceful single-storey cottage
  • Make the most of the social open-plan living areas
  • Find peace in the woodland garden with towering trees and a soothing pond

Property code: OC-NB677

Set in the heart of the historic rural village of Belford, this peaceful bungalow makes an ideal holiday hideaway for couples seeking a relaxing base for exploring the beautiful countryside of North Northumberland. Offering fresh accommodation for up to two guests, the cottage has been tastefully furnished and decorated in light, soothing shades, and features a charming woodland garden for you to unwind in. Within easy reach of the breathtaking coast, this cheery getaway is ideal for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers discovering the region’s beautiful beaches, historic sites and deep woodlands.

Stepping into this characterful cottage, the spacious, light and airy open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner has stylish flooring and offers a relaxing space to unwind. The lounge has comfortable seating, perfect for snuggling up to watch a film. Meanwhile, the sweet dining area is ideal for romantic meals that you can rustle up in the stylish kitchen, accessed via a step up. Exploring this charming retreat further, you will find a refreshing bathroom and a lovely double bedroom with plenty of storage space and views of the garden. French doors lead out from both the lounge and the bedroom onto the patio which has plenty of outdoor furniture, perfect for dining alfresco and sitting back in the evening to take in the views. The large woodland garden surrounds the property, with mature trees, colourful plants and a small, tranquil pond.

Belford has a choice of great places to eat and drink and makes a great base for exploring the Northumberland coast. Birdwatchers can head to Budle Bay (4 miles), while history buffs can explore Bamburgh Castle (6 miles). Also nearby are the Annstead Dunes Nature Reserve, Beadnell Bay Beach, The Alnwick Garden, St Cuthbert’s Cave and Holy Island, also known as Lindisfarne, all within 15 miles.

  • 1 double bedroom
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath (with a fitted handrail) and WC
  • Oven, hob microwave, fridge, dishwasher, coffee machine
  • Utility cupboard with washing machine and freezer
  • Welcome pack
  • TV with Freeview
  • Woodland garden with unfenced pond and garden furniture
  • Private parking
  • Pub and shop 200 metres, beach 4 miles
  • Sleeps 2+2: double sofa bed in the lounge available on request
  • Please note, dogs are not allowed on the sofas or in the bedroom
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00
  • 2 dogs allowed. Additional charges may apply

Beth Aiston

This property is personally managed by Beth.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 36 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Carol 18th March 2024

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Due to the recent storms the drive way and garden needs some TLC , was very muddy being mid March , however it didnt spoil the weekend

Reviewed by Carolyn 4th March 2024

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A well equipped bungalow within easy walking distance of local amenities. Location is excellent for the coast or country. Highly recommend

Reviewed by Lyn 25th February 2024

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Corner plot, lovely bungalow and would stay again. Great location for visiting Northumberland. Bungalow is a good size, but cosy. Bed very comfortable. Charlie is lovely and welcoming. Generous welcome pack. Good value for money and would recommend.

Reviewed by Shona 22nd February 2024

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A very comfortable cottage with a lovely garden. It was very clean and had excellent equipment. Handy position as it is just off the A1. There are shops and pubs in walking distance. Plenty places to walk the dog.

Reviewed by Mark 13th February 2024

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We had a wonderful stay, excellent location and amenities, the owner is lovely, great quiet location, Will definitely return.

Reviewed by Amanda 25th November 2023

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Great property, very well equipped brilliant location really friendly people

Reviewed by Carolyn 21st November 2023

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A warm welcome from the owner. The bungalow is beautifully furnished and the standard of cleanliness is excellent. The welcome pack is very generous. The location is great a short walk into Belford you will find three pubs, a supermarket and paper shop. The beautiful Northumberland coast is only a few miles away. Highly recommend.

Reviewed by Lynne 25th October 2023

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Reviewed by Derek 19th October 2023

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Reviewed by Robbert 14th October 2023

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Cottage is well situated in a woodland garden. The interior is well decorated and comfortable with all the equipment you require. The owner Charlie is very welcoming and friendly and there was a very good welcome pack.

Reviewed by Georgina 7th October 2023

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Cottage was perfect, in a great location to explore the beaches and attractions, a real home from home. Beautifully presented and really comfortable.

Reviewed by Terry 17th September 2023

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Great cottage extremely well equipped, owner even provided a welcome pack with a variety of provisions, everything we needed (and more) was there for our use, would say to anyone looking for a holiday in this area, to consider this property.

Reviewed by Steven 6th August 2023

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Reviewed by Cathy 31st July 2023

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Reviewed by Amanda 16th July 2023

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Reviewed by Wayne 10th July 2023

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Reviewed by Peter 5th July 2023

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Good and very well appointed cottage located in a quiet village with a couple of pubs and a shop only slight downside was its quite a walk to the coastline along unpaved country roads which can be a little unsettling given how fast some people drive

Reviewed by Catherine 18th June 2023

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Beautiful cottage with everything that you need for a comfortable stay.It also had a Beautiful garden which was an added bonus.

Reviewed by Pamela 4th June 2023

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Property was immaculately clean and great location with us having a large, well behaved dog.

Reviewed by Arran 29th May 2023

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The most well equipped cottage I've ever had Immaculately presented and sparklingly clean We like the fact that your company doesn't bombard us with emails /ads like Sykes

Reviewed by Frank 14th May 2023

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The property was located just where wanted, is well maintained and very comfortable. Very handy for Bamburgh, Holy Island, Berwick and the Northumberland coast

Reviewed by John 6th May 2023

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One of the best equipped accommodation we have stayed in and ideally located for the coast and countryside. Welcoming food pack was excellent and Charlie was most helpful Can definitely recommend

Reviewed by Janice 19th March 2023

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The bungalow was lovely and clean, well equipped and comfortable. It was warm and cosy.

Reviewed by Jennifer 12th March 2023

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The cottage was very comfortable clean and well equipped.There was everything there to enjoy our holiday. There was a welcome pack which was very helpful as we had had a long journey.Its thoughtful extras like the welcome pack that are much appreciated. We met Charlie the owner who could not do enough to help us and he also gave us useful informatiRead moreon about places to go and visit while in Northumberland. Hide

Reviewed by David 28th November 2022

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The accommodation was very comfortable, extremely well equipped and with quality furniture and fittings. The reservation process and information provided by you was first class throughout.

Reviewed by William 2nd November 2022

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couldn't fault anything

Reviewed by Anjie 1st November 2022

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Fantastic accommodation-Fantastic welcome package, couldn't fault it, If I had to be critical I would say the garden was disappointing but that was all.

Reviewed by Karen 16th October 2022

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Lovely cottage, well equipped, clean, could not fault it at all. The owner has clearly created a property which is literally a home from home

Reviewed by James 10th October 2022

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Nice location, lovely bungalow and garden, close to local attractions.

Reviewed by John 2nd October 2022

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Great location first class accommodation friendly helpful host in a great place what more could anyone want?

Reviewed by Lisa 16th August 2022

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Reviewed by Sue 24th July 2022

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Very well equipped cottage and the best welcome pack Ive ever had, also friendly owner.

Reviewed by James 17th July 2022

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Perfect location, the best equipped cottage we have had, the host was very helpful

Reviewed by Pauline 3rd July 2022

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Appreciated your e mails keeping me up to date with holiday countdown. Arrangements worked well. Well equipped cottage. Generous welcome items. At present garden needs some attention. Private parking off the street is inadvisable due to the number of pigeons in the overhanging trees, but short walk to street parking which was suitable.

Reviewed by Prem 5th June 2022

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This is a very modern, clean and comfortable cottage and perfect for exploring the local area. All within easy reach for visiting Amble, Bamburgh, Craster, Cragside, Rothbury, Berwick and Lindisfarne, to name a few. We wanted a relaxing holiday and that's exactly what we got. A lovely property, very comfortable, light and airy and very well equippeRead mored. We were delighted with everything and will definitely recommend this place to family and friends. Thank you so much Charlie and hope to return in the future. Hide

Reviewed by Mary 29th May 2022

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We had based our choice on the information given on the website. The cottage was exactly as described and proved completely suitable for us.

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